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Cable cuts in Mediterranean kill Internet service in Egypt, other countries

Several undersea cables in the Mediterranean Sea that carry the bulk of Internet traffic between Asia and Europe have been cut, resulting in a massive Internet outage in Egypt and problems in other countries. Early reports are speculating that the cut, which happened Friday morning, may have been the result of an anchor drop. A report on Fibresystems.org said the three cable cuts happened separately, but within a few minutes of one another. The cuts seem to be in the link between Sicily and Tunisia in the Mediterranean.

France Telecom observed today that 3 major underwater cables were cut: “Sea Me We 4” at 7:28am, “Sea Me We3” at 7:33am and FLAG at 8:06am. The causes of the cut, which is located in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Tunisia, on sections linking Sicily to Egypt, remain unclear.

Most of the B to B traffic between Europe and Asia is rerouted through the USA. Traffic from Europe to Algeria and Tunisia is not affected, but traffic from Europe to the Near East and Asia is interrupted to a greater or lesser extent.

There is apparently a work crew on the way to fix the cuts, but it likely will be several days before the repairs are complete.

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